Kent Carroll

Kent Carroll

Vice President of Sales for North America, Topcon

Kent grew up on a family farm and has a lifelong passion for advancing agriculture using technology. Beginning his career in the 1980’s with testing for research and development of advanced defense and missile systems with the Department of Defense. He was involved with the fielding of GPS technology inthe Gulf War for both air and ground warfare. He returned to his farm rootsemploying his skills with GPS first for SATLOC then joining Trimble in 1998 as one of two original sales representatives serving the Agriculture market segment.

Kent has held numerous positions in sales and sales management, OEMaccounts and Business development with pioneering companies such asTrimble, Ag Sync that was acquired by Raven, and Muller Electronics that was acquired by Trimble. He has a strong understanding of technology employed forboth precise positioning and precision application as well as the AgriculturalRetail segment of North America.

In 2019, he joined Topcon Agriculture and is currently the vice president of sales for North America. As a strong believer in continuous improvement coupled with entrepreneurial spirit, he remains strongly positive on the future of American Agriculture using technology.

Kent currently lives in Southwest Indiana, near the small family farm where he grew up. He and his wife Alice have five children between them, along with 5 grandchildren and two more on the way. He enjoys outdoor activities, beach destinations and working on classic cars.

Jinchen Zou

Jinchen Zou

Associate, Food and Agriculture, S2G Ventures

Jinchen Zou is an Associate at S2G Ventures. Her responsibilities include research, evaluation, and execution of potential investments as well as support of S2G’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining S2G, she advised on climate finance transactions at Pollination Group and served public, private, and social sector clients on business strategy at McKinsey & Company.

Jinchen graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and Global Affairs. She has previously worked with USAID, Treasury, and spent time in the South Pacific and in Ethiopia understanding the implications of climate change on migration.

Jaymie Forrest

Jaymie Forrest

President & CEO, Activ Technologies

Jaymie Forrest leads Activ Technologies to help companies and their trading partners enable digital supply chains. With over 30 years of experience, Jaymie specializes in supply chain operations and logistics technologies in a variety of industries and applications.

As CSCO, prior to Activ, she delivered the first high-speed produce handling conveyance with integrated cross-border operations, world-class food safety, and full case-level traceability. While serving as Managing Director of the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, she founded the Integrated Food Chain Research Center working with governments and industries to improve logistics performance and developing cold chain programs designed to reduce food waste. Also, founder of The Logistics Council for the Republic of Panama, and Logistics Innovation Centers in Singapore, China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Brazil—all focused on operational strategies and logistics efficiencies.

Courtney Yuskis

Courtney Yuskis

North America Incubation Lead, Yara

Courtney Yuskis joined Yara International in 2021 as the North America Incubation Lead for Yara and is currently based on the family farm in Illinois.

She serves as the interface between Yara Digital Ag Solutions and the North American market, and is responsible for regional growth strategy, go-to-market experimentation, and business and service model development in North America.

Yuskis has more than 18 years of experience in operational excellence, client relationship management, and development of enterprise solutions that combine digital technologies and market intelligence for the agriculture industry.

Ron Osborne

Ron Osborne

Head of Technology, Agriculture, Amazon Web Services

Ron Osborne is the Head of Technology for Agriculture at AWS WWSO division and has over 20 years of experience building technology and business solutions within agribusiness and financial services. Mr. Osborne has an extensive background and interest in agribusiness including the development of telematics systems, IoT, edge processing, farm and field decision support systems, remote sensing, and cloud native modernization.

Prior to his role at AWS, Mr. Osborne was the Chief Technology Officer at Farmers Edge and helped that business develop scalable solutions for farms, OEM, seed and chemical manufacturers, ag-retail, and financial services businesses in North and South America. Mr. Osborne has a Master of Science in Software Development from Maryville University of St. Louis, an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska.

John Church

John Church

Principal, John Church Advisory Services, LLC

John Church is the Founder and Principal of John Church Advisory Services, LLC. He provides consulting and advising services on operational effectiveness, business and digital transformation, M&A assessments, and executive coaching. A partial client list includes Kimberly Clark, Allina Health, and Chick-fil-A. He leads within the supply chain profession as a member of Gartner’s Executive Advisory Board and as a member of The Visibility Council, a C-suite group focused on leading digital transformation.

Church retired from General Mills, Inc. in 2022 as Chief Transformation and Business Services Officer after a 33-year career. Prior to this role, Church was Chief Supply Chain Officer for 13 years with global responsibility for procurement, logistics/planning, manufacturing, engineering, as well as human/food safety and ESG.

John is a Board Member of Allina Health. He is also an independent board member for EverAg, a software company focused on connecting and empowering partners in the food supply chain. He served as lead director of Cereal Partners Worldwide, and as lead director of the board of Yoplait, SA.

Sachi Desai

Sachi Desai

Senior Director – Strategy, Bayer

Sachi Desai is a member of Bayer Crop Science’s (BCS) Strategy and Sustainability Organization focused on Digital Farming. He is the global lead for strategic digital partnerships and alliance across BCS that bring new innovations to farmers and the industry.  In addition, Sachi contributes to BCS’s overall digital strategy.

Previously, Sachi spent 16 years in various roles with the U.S. Department of Defense, IBM, McKinsey, and Amazon focused on AI/ML, Digital Transformation, Big Data, and Cloud. Sachi is the co-inventor of several patents and has over 80+ publications in peer reviewed journals across various concepts. 

Sachi holds an MBA from NYU, Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in Systems Engineering from USC.  

He lives in San Francisco but often spends times with family in New Jersey. His hobbies include landscape photography, basketball, and golf. 

Peter Wells

Peter Wells

Strategy Director, Elevated Foods

Since 2021 Peter Wells has been Chief Strategy Director at Elevated Foods, a mission driven company formed to bring transparency to the fresh produce supply chain, return more profit to our farmers and increase the overall health of our people and planet. Peter holds a multi-disciplinary role there, identifying and implementing innovative solutions at the intersection of technology, finance, and sustainability. In September 2022, Elevated Foods was awarded a $20M grant as part of the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities.

In addition to Elevated Foods, he has held strategic and advisory roles for multiple agriculture companies including SunTerra Produce. Prior to agriculture, Peter began his career in the finance, healthcare, and technology industries advising on over $10 Billion in transactions.

Lara L. Sowinski

Lara L. Sowinski

Group Editor, CropLife Media Group, Meister Media Worldwide

Lara L. Sowinski recently joined Meister Media Worldwide as Group Editor for the CropLife Media Group. Previously, she was the Editorial Director for AC Business Media’s Supply Chain Network, whose brands include Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. Sowinski started her career in international trade working with Fritz Companies (acquired by U.P.S. in 2001) and Sony Corporation of America, then transitioned into the B2B media sector where she helped grow global trade and supply chain brands with compelling content across diverse channels.

Renee Targos

Renee Targos

Editor, AgriBusiness Global, Meister Media Worldwide

Renee Targos serves as Editor of AgriBusiness GlobalTM Direct magazine, leading in content development, event programming, and managing the ABG Board of Advisors and strategic growth of the magazine. Renee’s professional experience covers more than two decades of national and international digital and print content development, editing and journalism. She currently serves on the Communications Committee for the Biological Products Industry Alliance.